Report: A genuine BMW 3 Series-sized electric vehicle is in the works

3-Series, Rumors | October 17th, 2016 by 4
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To tackle the already successful Tesla Model 3, BMW is planning a genuine 3 Series-sized electric vehicle, according to a report by Automobile Magazine. Though …

To tackle the already successful Tesla Model 3, BMW is planning a genuine 3 Series-sized electric vehicle, according to a report by Automobile Magazine. Though sources are not clear when the car will debut; some are suggesting 2019, others 2021 or even 2022, the plan is to build a large volume electric car that will not only be priced reasonably, but it will also offer great driving range.

What’s also unclear is whether this Tesla Model 3 fighter will be marketed under the BMW or the i sub-division. The rumormill churns out that the five-seater zero emission vehicle mixes bespoke front and rear suspension with the flat-floor, battery-carrying center section borrowed from the future BMW X3 eDrive.

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Same report say that two distinctly different versions are being considered for launch – a rear-wheel drive model featuring a 235-kW motor and an xDrive version good for around 300 kW.

Since driving range is the biggest selling point for electric vehicles, BMW is planning to give this sedan EV a range of 250 to 315 miles.

4 responses to “Report: A genuine BMW 3 Series-sized electric vehicle is in the works”

  1. Johan Mo says:

    Exciting times :)

  2. Marcos Medeiros says:

    Good decision.

  3. PeterG says:

    Hurray!

  4. flubalubaful says:

    They are in a flat spin realising that Tesla seems to be keeping their promise of huge delivery numbers very soon. Sadly for them they just cannot get away from the gas motors with electric, but then again they are promising a 3 series size car with all electric so maybe the panic is moving them in the right direction to compete with Tesla but maybe not in time to give Tesla a massive lead in sales and managing electric care issues.

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